Tuesday, September 23, 2014

August Favorites

Disclaimer: Murad products sent to me as part of their brand ambassador program.  All other products mentioned were purchased by me using my own funds.  All opinions expressed are my own.



I know I am VERY late in the game to post my August favorites.  I contemplated waiting and posting August and September favorites together; however I have been using so many new products recently that I just know I will have a ton more products to claim as favorites in September.  Even though its almost October, lets pretend that this month is already almost over.

 Purifying Mask, Que Bella - I bought this because is has both tea tree oil and witch hazel which are two natural ingredients that work really well on my breakouts.  I love the way it left my skin feeling and one packet lasted all month long.  For $1.97 I got about 3 or 4 uses out of it.

Refining Mask, Proactiv - I have used Proactiv off and on for years.  This mask usually comes as a free gift with a 30 day supply.  In the past I have used it as a drying mask, but this month I really liked it as an overnight spot treatment.

Grandiose Mascara, Lancome - This mascara has holy grail potential.  The curved wand really gives me a great angle to coat every last lash.  It makes my lashes so voluminous and long.  It may just be my favorite mascara ever!

Eye Duty Triple Remedy, First Aid Beauty - I like to use this in the morning.  The metal tip gives a nice cooling effect on my eyes and the product itself is slightly pinkish so it really conceals my dark circles.

Bright Eyed & Beautified Eye Enhancing Tool, Tarte - This has been discontinued for some time and I really wanted it when it originally came out but missed my chance.  I was able to pick one up recently when Tarte was featured on Hatuelook.  It is the similar to the Michael Todd Eye-o-sonic Eye Serum Infuser, which I also have.  This has a nice shape and size for my under eye area.  Plus, I have started using the Michael Todd tool for my lips.

 Brow Pencil, Sumita - I love this brow pencil.  Its not overly waxy like some brow pencils, and I really like that it is retractable.

 Cream Eye Shadow Brush, Antonym Cosmetics - I had been applying my cream shadow all wrong until I found this brush.  I always thought a brush would make cream almost impossible and messy to apply but it is just the opposite.  This brush gives me much more control over the application.

Anti-Aging Moisturizer Broad Spectrum with SPF 20, Murad - I have recently started working with Murad as a brand ambassador and have had the opportunity to sample many of their products.  I love this moisturizer because it is not only for acne-prone skin but is also anti-aging.  It is works well to combat any dry patches without being greasy or causing any breakouts, and it absorbs so well. 

Time Release Acne Cleanser, Murad - This is another product that Murad sent me to try.  I have been using this in the morning.  I love that like the Anti-Aging Moisturizer this minimizes the signs of aging . . .  and when your my age and still have acne, you know how important that it.  This cleanser also has time release properties so it continues to treat your skin throughout the day.

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Disclaimer: Murad products sent to me as part of their brand ambassador program.  All other products mentioned were purchased by me using my own funds.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Shopping Haul

Disclaimer: All products mentioned were purchased by me using my own funds.  All opinions expressed are my own.

I have done a bit of shopping over the last week or so.  I got a bunch of stuff that I am super excited about so I really wanted to share it with all of you.  I ordered a few things from Sleek Make Up, went to Walgreens a couple of times, picked up a few things from Ulta and then stopped into both Benefit and Sephora.




Sleek Makeup is not sold in US stores.  I bought a blush from Amazon last year and really wanted to try a contour palette and their new Matte Me Liquid Lipsticks.  Their stuff is relatively inexpensive and a pretty good quality so I will probably definitely be ordering again.  I bought three items this time around.


Face Form Palette in Light, $14.99 - I ordered this because I really love the idea of contour palette and just having one item to grab for bronzer, highlight and blush.  I got this in light because I wanted a very subtle bronzer and I thought the blush would be very natural.  I do wish the blush was slightly more pigmented but it is beautiful non the less.


Matte Me in Party Pink, $7.49 - I have been dying for Lime Crime's Velvetine in Suedeberry but it has been sold out just about everywhere.  When searching for a dupe I heard that this was a decent one so I picked it up.


Blush in Coral, $6.99 - One of my all time favorite blushes is Benefit's Coralista, but I am pretty much done with my pan.  I thought I would pick this up to see how it holds up so we will see. 




There is a large Walgreen's in Downtown Crossing.  They sell down higher end brands there so when I had to go downtown last weekend I popped in.  I was kind of in drugstore heaven but I stopped myself from buying out everything.  

Garnier BB Eye Miracle Skin Perfector Daily Eye Roller, $13.49 - The Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Roller is one of my favorite under eye concealers.  When I saw this BB eye roller I thought I would pick it up to see how it compares.  The texture seems a little thicker and less runny then the Skin Renew one.

New Essential Lipgloss in Vienna, Cargo Cosmetics, $16 - I haven't used Cargo in a million years.  This is a pretty sheer pink just giving enough gloss and a tiny dose of color so it will be great for everyday.

Brow Groomer Scissor & Comb, Japonesque, $18 - I wanted a pair of these to groom my brows.


Dry Shampoo with Nettle 2 pack, Klorane, $29.25 - This is my favorite dry shampoo.  It is the only dry shampoo that I have tried that doesn't irritate my scalp.  It is a little pricey so when I saw this double pack, buy one get one half off, I had to pick it up.




I went into Ulta on a whim, which is usually a bad thing because I end up buying more than I wanted to.  That was the case at Ulta


Color Sensational Matte Lipstick in Magenta, $7.99 - I can not find the link for these online, so they may be new.  I love matte lipsticks.  Matte's are the only colors I have been wearing lately.  This is a really pretty magenta. It's bright but not too bright.  


Naked Basics Double-Ended Brush, Urban Decay, $20 - I am not crazy about any of the Naked Palettes.  I think I may be the only person in the world who does not like them.  One thing I do like, however, is the brush that came in the Naked 2 palette and use that regularly. When I saw this, I was really interested in trying it because it reminds me of the Naked 2 brush but with flatter bristles so I thought I would give me more control over my eye color.


Simply Nude Lip Cream in Exposed, NYX Cosmetics, $6.50 - I love lip pencils but didn't have any nudes.  In fact, I do't have many, if any, nudes lip colors so I thought I would give this a try.


Seaweed Iconic Clay Mask, The Body Shop, $2.50 each - This is a repurchase.  I bought one of these a while back and recently tried it and really really liked it so I bought 4 more.  These are just the single use packets but I will probably eventually buy the full size mask next time I am in the Body Shop.


CC+ Radiance Palette, IT Cosmetics, $38 - I had my eye on this for a while.  I really like all in one contour, face color palettes and


Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul, Prague, and Addis Ababa, NYX Cosmetics, $5.99 - I really love these matte lip creams.  I have a couple already so I picked up three more colors.  I really love the formula of these.




One Hot Minute, Benefit Cosmetics, $38 - I wandered into a Benefit Cosmetic shop and spotted this.  I was in the market for a new bronzer and hand't heard of this.  I kind of got this on a whim.  It is a little shimmery but I think it would be great for a night out.




This was a monumental moment for me.  I went into Sephora and only got one thing.  The day should go down in history books.  


beautyblender micro.mini, beautyblender, $17.95 - I don't know how practical these are but they are just so cute,  I have been using a makeup brush to apply my foundation but still reach for a beauty blender to blend out my under eye concealer. I thought these would be great for that, so I'll see how these work.  




I made one more trip to Walgreens.  Even though I did not need one more thing after this haul, I still managed to pick up a few items. 


Brighten Dark Circle Gel Eye Masks, Miss Spa, $7.99 - Like most women, I am always looking for something to treat dark under eye circles. I picked these up on a whim and don't have huge hopes for them.  I haven't opened the pack but I am assuming they are the typically sticky backed patches.  Those tend to irritate me more than anything so I am not sure why I even got these.  I bought them so I will try them, but I'm not super exited.


Baked Powder Blush in Bella Rosa, Milani, $7.99 - I like brighter pink blushes in the cooler months.  This is super bright so I imagine I will need to use a very light hand with this.


Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Champagne, Milani, $3.99 - I already have one of these eyeshadows in another color and really really like it.  The formula is great and it lasts so I thought I'd pick up another.


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Monday, September 8, 2014

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday Lusts: Henri Bendel Fall 2014 Wish List

If you have been following my blog for a bit, you probably have noticed that I am in love when Henri Bendel.  Bendel's is my fashion accessory paradise.  I could spend hours browsing their site looking for everything from handbags, jewelry, iPad cases and the best vanilla bean candle in the world.  The fall arrivals just mean a whole new bunch of products to obsess over.  Here are some of my favorites from their new arrivals.  

1. A-List Haircalf Tote
2. Floral Clutch
3. Centennial Stripe Smart Case for iPad Air
4. Centennial Stripe 2015 Desk Diary
5. Mercer Camera Crossbody
6. Debutante Asymmetrical Haircalf Clutch
7. Luxe Deco Bar Collar Necklace
8. Haircalf Party Starter Box
9. Leaf Headband

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